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4th of July Parades - Hidden Dangers

By July 2, 2011

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Each year, a few children get hurt after getting run over by parade floats. - Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MDEveryone loves a parade.

Whether your kids are just watching a 4th of July parade, or they are part of the parade, in a marching band, on a float, or riding a bike they decorated themselves, parades can be fun.

Unfortunately, every year there seems to be a few reports in the news of kids getting seriously injured or killed in parade accidents. That doesn't mean that kids can't go to parades or even ride on parade floats, but it does mean that you should consider your child's safety when you attend a parade.

Some recent parade accidents and tragedies include:

  • a child who died during the annual Parade of Lights show in San Diego Bay in 2009
  • a 12-year-old in Oregon who broke his leg after being run over by a parade float while he was handing out candy to the crowd from the float during last year's 4th of July parade
  • an 8-year-old in Wisconsin fell off the front of a parade float and was run over during an Oktoberfest parade last year
  • a 7-year-old and 5-year-old were injured in separate accidents at a parade in North Dakota after getting run over by parade floats at a State Fair parade

The largest parade accident happened at a 4th of July parade in Iowa last year when two runaway horses killed one person and injured 23 others.

Of course, runaway horses aren't a common danger though. Injuries involving parade floats, either from falling off the float or getting run over, are much more common than people think though.

There is nothing wrong with having some fun watching a parade or even riding on a parade float. Sis boom bah, hip hip hooray. Everyone loves a parade. Just be sure to supervise your kids who are on, or walking near parade floats, and don't let kids run into the street after candy or other items thrown from the floats.

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July 3, 2011 at 3:54 am
(1) Ron Melancon says:

Please go to http://www.dangeroustrailers.org and take a look at our info on “Parade Float Accidents”


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